Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Review

Raph - "We're just four brothers who hate bullies, and love this city!"
Raphael – “We’re just four brothers who hate bullies, and love this city!”

WARNING!! The following review is for a movie that is currently in theaters! If you have seen this movie, please do so ASAP!!


One year after their battle with the Shredder and Eric Sacks being sent to prison, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still live in secret, having allowed Vern Fenwick to take the credit for Shredder and Sacks’s defeat. As Shredder is transferred between prisons with two criminals that were being transported alongside him, Bebop and Rocksteady, by Casey Jones (who’s a corrections officer here), his Foot Clan operating under the direction of scientist Baxter Stockman attack the convoy transporting him. The Turtles, tipped off to the attack by April O’Neil, intervene. Stockman is still able to affect Shredder’s escape using a teleportation device, but Shredder is hijacked mid-teleport and winds up in another dimension. There, the alien warlord Krang gives him a mutagenic compound in exchange for his promise to find three components of a machine Krang sent to Earth in ages past, which will open a portal to his dimension when united, and he´s know that Shredder and Stockman have the first piece. When Casey failed to transport prisoners, he decides to go on his own.

Shredder recruits to Bebop and Rocksteady, who also escaped, and has Stockman use Krang’s mutagen on them to transform them into powerful animal mutants. April witnesses their transformation, and is able to steal the vial of mutagen. Pursued by the Foot, she is rescued by Casey, using hockey gear. In the scuffle, the vial is taken into police custody. Donatello deduces that the mutagen could be used to turn the Turtles into humans, enabling them to live normal lives above ground, but Leonardo refuses and insists on keeping it a secret from the others. Michelangelo overhears their conversation and tells Raphael, leading to a fierce argument between the brothers. Furious, Raphael recruits Michelangelo, April, Casey, and Vern to break into the NYPD HQ and recover the mutagen. In the National Museum, Shredder goes with Bebop and Rocksteady to steal the second piece, before Leonardo and Donatello were also there. Vern distracts the police, while April and Casey come to retrieve the mutagen, but The Foot arrive ahead of them and in the ensuing battle, the Turtles’ existence is revealed to the police, who react with fear and hatred. April and Casey intervene and let the brothers escaped, but April and Casey are arrested, and also see TCRI`s cameras, that April stole the mutagen.

With Shredder’s forces having already recovered two of the pieces of the portal device, the Turtles track Bebop and Rocksteady as they recover the final piece from the Brazilian rainforest. The Turtles intercept their jet on its return journey via skydive, and although the battle crashes the jet, Bebop and Rocksteady manage to escape with the final component. The Turtles return to New York and they do not want to be a team to this failure, as Stockman and Shredder complete the portal device and open the gateway to Krang’s dimension, through which his massive war machine, the Technodrome, begins to emerge. Shredder betrays Stockman and has him taken him away to their headquarters in Tokyo, but upon entering the Technodrome, Krang betrays Shredder, freezing him and locking him away with his collection of other defeated foes. April calls Vern to find out about the camera that incriminated in TCRI.

Seeing no way to combat the Technodrome discreetly, the Turtles debate over taking the mutagen and becoming humans in order to fight openly, when Splinter tells them when making their decision. Though Leonardo agrees to do it, Raphael shatters the vial, realizing that they must accept themselves. Vern recovers security footage that proves Stockman and Shredder’s crimes and secures April and Casey’s release, allowing them to set up a meeting between the Turtles and police chief Rebecca Vincent, where they convince her that they aren’t enemies and Vern also tells the truth to the police about capturing Destroyer who did alone, he enlisted the help of turtles first. The Turtles then go into action, are transported by police, and confronting Krang aboard the still-assembling Technodrome. Meanwhile, Casey keeps Bebop and Rocksteady busy and defeats them by capturing them inside a container with a grenade with them, while April and Vern defeat Shredder’s lieutenant Karai and take control of the portal device. The Turtles locate the beacon around which the Technodrome is assembling and hurl it back through the portal, taking Krang and the rest of the Technodrome with it. April, Casey, and Vern then shut the portal down. As he disappears, Krang swears he will return for revenge.

In the aftermath, Bebop and Rocksteady are taken back into custody, while Stockman remains at large. Karai and the Foot Clan are apprehended, being reported by April and with Vern, who returned to the Channel 6. The Turtles are honored by Vincent and the NYPD, along with April, Casey, and Vern, but elect to keep their existence a secret from the public.


Good God, this was way better than the first movie! It actually focuses on the Turtles instead of just April, it was great to finally see Bebop, Rocksteady, and Krang in live action, and it was even better that Baxter Stockman had more screentime. Yeah, not sure if I mentioned it in the review for the first movie, Baxter Stockman was in it, and he never speaks one line of dialogue, in fact you don’t even get to see his face, but here, he’s actually a part of the plot, and Tyler Perry was actually very amusing in the role. Speaking of new cast members, Stephen Amell was great as Casey Jones, Sheamus and Gary Anthony Williams were great as Bebop and Rocksteady, they  had worked very well off each other. Lastly, Brad Garrett as Krang, I enjoyed hearing his voice, honestly, this was how I always imagined how Krang should sound like, and while he was in the first movie as Leonardo, Pete Ploszek got to do Leo’s voice this time, and was great.

However, while the movie was a step up from the first movie, it still has it’s problems, some were retained from the first movie, like Karai have minimum screentime, and Megan Fox’s acting didn’t really approve that much. and some new problems, like Krang forcing Shredder out of the climax, and the subplot with the turtles wanting to become human pretty much went nowhere by the climax.

Overall, while it still has a few problems, it’s still a much better movie, so see it while you can. And see it soon, it’s apparently bombing at the box office.

RANK: 4 out of 5

Next time, it’s graduation day for Girl Meets World.


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